Category: Native Bird Habitat
FOR COLLEGE SENIORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
Purpose: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat provides financial aid to study areas in the United States that provide seasonal habitat for threatened or endangered native birds and to tend useful information for land-management decisions.
History: Established in 1994 the estate of Frances M. Peacock of Barrington, Illinois, former GCA Director and member of the Garden Club of Barrington.
Provisions: Provides financial aid to at least one scholar for $4500 annually. In special instances because of two unusually fine candidates or two candidates working on one project, the award may be divided between two candidates.
Eligibility: Open to college seniors and graduate students only (second-semester juniors may apply for their senior year).
To Apply: See About the Peacock Scholarship and How to Apply. Application deadline is January 15 preceding the proposed period of study. Awardees will be notified no later than March 31. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.
Selection: Selection is made by a team of reviewers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which also administers the scholarship. The selection is reviewed and approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee.
Fund: The Frances M. Peacock Fund is managed by the GCA.
The GCA offers 27 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines which include medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research. Club-sponsored awards are given to recognize outstanding volunteer outreach that nurtures children in the appreciation of nature.
In March of 2016, 91 scholars were awarded over $360,000 to study and research a variety of horticultural and conservation topics ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research projects. This class of scholars represents institutions throughout our nation and some will participate in related field work around the world.
GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest and furthering knowledge of our natural environment.